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DLP retains power in Barbados elections

POLL POSITION: Supporters cheering on their candidates at the Democratic Labour Party meeting

BAJAN VOTERS kept in with tradition and granted their ruling political party with a second consecutive term in power following general elections held yesterday (Feb 21).

According to the preliminary results, the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) won 16 of the 30 seats in the elections with the remainder going to the main opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP).

The results are in mark contradiction to opinion polls that had predicted that the BLP led by former prime minister Owen Arthur as many as 20 seats, while the DLP would have gained 13 seats at most.

The three-week campaign leading up to the vote remained relatively incident-free with instances where two meetings scheduled for the same area on the same night being amicably resolved with one side moving on.

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